Social Care: Funding

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Smith of Leigh Lord Smith of Leigh Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate the growth in the costs of social care caused by demographic trends will outstrip the ability of local authorities to fund such care.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Current pressures on the adult social care system were addressed in the 2010 spending review through an allocation of an additional £7.2 billion over four years to 2014-15. This means that along with a programme of efficiency there is funding available to local authorities to protect people's access to care. Future spending reviews will continue to monitor projected demand and costs of social care.

The independent Office for Budgetary Responsibility has estimated that due to demographic change, the costs of the current system of long-term care will rise from 1.3% of gross domestic product in 2010-11 to 1.9% in 2050-51. In light of this-and other estimates of demographic trends-the Government are committed to reforming the social care system. A White Paper and progress report on reform of the funding system of social care are due to be published shortly.

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